Atheist

Genres: Heavy Metal
Descriptive "tags": death metal technical death metal progressive death metal progressive metal jazz metal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Formerly known as R.A.V.A.G.E., this US death metal band changed its name to Atheist in 1987 when the line-up of Rand Burkey (guitar), Roger Patterson (1968, USA, d. 12 February 1991, USA; bass), Kelly Shaefer (vocals/guitar) and Steve Flynn (drums) was established. From amateurish origins, the band developed into a powerful and accomplished death metal outfit. Playing at breakneck speed, their sound was characterized by Shaefer’s gurgling vocal style. They released a debut album in 1989 to favourable reviews, and built up a loyal following in their native state of Florida.

Bass player Patterson was killed in a car crash in February 1991. His replacement Tony Choy (ex-Cynic, Pestilence) added a new level of technical complexity to the superb Unquestionable Presence, which is now regarded as one of the defining albums of the death metal genre. After briefly splitting up, the band returned to the studio with additional guitarist Frank Emmi...

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